Is Wolfville raft a vessel of concern?

Wendy Elliott
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High tides on March 1 surrounded the raft moored since 2012 at the eastern end of Wolfville harbour.

Federal marine consultant Patrick Gates was in Wolfville recently in the process of taking an inventory of vessels of concern.

Gates, who has been contracted by the marine safety wing of Transport Canada, was shown the embellished raft on the east side of Wolfville’s harbour.

Town chief administrator Josh Prycz told town council last week Gates had photographed the raft, which has been on the edge of the harbour since August 2012.

Gates told the town that he was tasked to document vessels “that are either dragged up on the shore, lying at a mooring or partly submerged.”

Originally known as the S.S. Innovative raft, the vessel left Miners Marsh in Kentville and floated down the Cornwallis River with Stephen Wilsack, David Bond and Cardy Hallett-Saunders aboard in 2012.

Wilsack designed the raft and built it from recycled wood and Nova Scotia products. Since then he has enjoyed boating in the area of the harbour.

“We live in an area of the greatest tides in world. It's great to experience it first hand,” Wilsack said after the river journey.

The raft and its augmentations tend to be either appreciated or disliked by area residents. Wilsack has gained the title of unofficial harbourmaster.

Organizations: Transport Canada

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Cornwallis River Nova Scotia

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  • Mike Bromley
    April 28, 2014 - 14:42

    "The raft and its augmentations tend to be either appreciated or disliked by area residents. " Well now that's an informative bit of filler. Believe you me, that if my mother Joan Bromley was still alive and resident at the corner of Dyke Lane, the damned thing would have been disposed of by now.

  • Commonwealth Rep.
    March 08, 2014 - 10:37

    Its a flimsy, dangerous eyesore. Just one question Mr. Wilsack... When one of the local kids, or a drunk Acadia student, finds their way onto your floating masterpiece and is injured, or even worse, by the entangled mess of trash, junk electronics and other detritus you have constructed this abomination from, what will you do? Are you insured? Do you have a conscience? Or would you just say they are trespassers and deserve what they got? Sooner or later your ego will be your downfall. Move the thing before someone gets hurt and to restore the beauty of this historic harbour.

  • jan
    March 07, 2014 - 17:07

    can you say litterbug?

  • jan
    March 07, 2014 - 17:05

    can you say litterbug?

  • Mitchell Sanford
    March 07, 2014 - 16:55

    This thing is an eyesore, and it wrecks an otherwise beautiful view. If Mr. Wilsack wants to experience nature first hand, maybe he should buy a kayak like everyone else, instead of leaving a heap of trash sitting around.

  • Cynthia Morrison
    March 07, 2014 - 16:10

    Cynthia Joan Morrison Well .... No more than that one raft vessel I'd say ..... That's one cool guy .... but I think it should stop there ...& Im sure he can move it out of the way for photographs .... Just needs to post his number so people can call him ... otherwise ... he is in the way

  • JC3
    March 07, 2014 - 15:53

    And what did he do to deserve that title, besides make the harbour look ugly?